Hey guys! A few weeks ago we bought a great little townhouse near a community college – our plans are to do a quick “spruce up” and then put it on the market for sale.
The townhouse is in pretty good shape, and in a great location for people that want to be near the community college, but it needs a little love before it’s market ready. (And when I say “a little love” I mean just paint, hardware, kitchen counters, and cleaning the carpets – no big renovations.)
The kitchen is the space that needs the most help – the cabinets and appliances are in great condition, but the paint color is questionable, the cabinets need to be painted (in person they’re terrible), the hardware needs updating, and the dated Formica counter tops have got to go.
The painters are busy over there right now, and we’re in the process of picking out counter tops. Typically when we flip a house we need to replace counters throughout the entire house, so we buy a few slabs of material. But in this case we just need about 18 linear feet of counter tops – not nearly enough to justify buying an entire slab.
We shopped around town a bit, hitting up a big box hardware store, Floor and Decor, and a few other places. At the big box hardware store, the cheapest granite or quartz that we actually liked was between $45-$48 per square foot installed, and we haven’t found any remnants that we like at the fabricator’s. Finally, at Floor and Decor, we found our likely solution – tada!!
What you’re seeing are pre-fabricated lengths of counter top, complete with backsplash – and for pretty great prices. Typically when you buy marble, granite or quartz counters you have to buy the entire slab, even if you’re only using a portion of it. That’s the beauty of these pre-fabricated lengths – you have basically no waste since you can just buy what you need!
I have my eye on these three contenders:
They come in lengths just over 9 feet and are each around $19.50/square foot – a steal! (Although they have a few options under $10/square foot.)
Have you guys ever bought pre-fab counters? I think I’m on to something good here… 😉